Major achievements 2010-2011

2010

- The Philathletic Ground is transformed by a massive tree-planting project made possible by donors to the Harrow Development Trust's Trees Campaign.

- Lyon's House opens with thirty-five boys.

- Several new Scholarships are founded and funded by benefactors, including the Sherwood Scholarship which pays for boys from the East Midlands to come to Harrow School.

- In the Houses: at Bradbys landscaping work is carried out to create an area for socials and barbecues. The Knoll is the only House which lacks a Yarder, so in place of this the multi-games/tennis court is fitted with an all-weather surface and floodlighting installed to give greater year-round use in the evenings. Rendalls is the latest House to have a space converted into a boys’ gym, a facility “much appreciated” by them, according to the House Master, Mr Karl Wilding. In Newlands a programme of improvements has continued with work in the ground and on the House multi-games court and in West Acre the conversion of the old House ‘coal hole’ was completed during the year giving the boys a much-needed additional common room.

- The long-awaited conversion and improvement of the basement level in Elmfield is completed during the summer at a cost of £150,000, paid for by parents and Old Elmfieldian benefactors. The project involved providing new common rooms, bringing redundant spaces into use and restoring partly rundown areas of the House.

2011

- Thanks to a donation of £1.2 million to build an extension to the Sports Centre, the School’s fabulous new Fitness Centre opens in January 2011. The Centre is equipped with the best exercise and conditioning equipment available through funds provided by further donations.

- The Shepherd Churchill Dining Hall, Harrow’s central dining area, was built in 1976 when there were only eleven boarding houses on the Hill. When the School’s twelfth boarding house, Lyon’s, opened, an extension was built to accommodate the new House to ensure that each House still retains its own designated seating area in the Dining Hall.

- The lighting in Harrow School's Chapel had not been improved or upgraded for over forty years. New lighting was installed costing £250,000 which transformed one of Harrow’s most beautiful interiors.

- For the second consecutive year, a highly ambitious charity project took place in Africa, this time in Malawi. The objective was to construct a building at Nsamba School near Thondwe. The project was partly sponsored by a very generous gift from current parents.

- The Byron Consort, Harrow’s elite choral group, toured Washington DC and New York City, and gave a number of performances in cathedrals, churches, schools and concert halls. The tour was sponsored by gifts from parents which enabled many of the costs to be covered.

- In the summer ten Harrovians travelled to Nepal to trek 200km to Everest Base Camp. At the outset they met up with Nirvana Chaudhary (The Knoll 19983) in Kathmandu who gave the group valuable assistance and sponsorship for their arduous journey.

- Bogdan Kryca (Moretons 19823) established two awards each year in honour of his House Master, Mr George Attenborough. Bogdan said, “GMA was a huge influence on my time at Harrow and I thought an award in his name would be totally appropriate.” The first George Attenborough Modern Languages Travel Award was made to Jordan Reed (The Knoll) to enable him to travel to Russia as part of his A-level studies.

- For the second year running, Harrow was invited to send a delegation to represent the UK at the Asia-Pacific Young Leaders Summit in Singapore. Joshua Adejokun (Lyon’s), was awarded the travel prize which is presented annually in the name of Angus Pelham-Burn (Elmfield 19453) so that he could join the delegation.